Smart-city news in review: Oct. 18, 2013 Smart-city news in review: Oct. 18, 2013
As of Oct. 17, 2013, the European Union has achieved 100-percent basic broadband coverage across the continent. “Europe needs lightning-speed connectivity,” said Neelie Kroes,... Smart-city news in review: Oct. 18, 2013
  • As of Oct. 17, 2013, the European Union has achieved 100-percent basic broadband coverage across the continent. “Europe needs lightning-speed connectivity,” said Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission. “We cannot leave some companies and citizens behind. Now we have basic broadband achieved, we have to immediately focus on investing in new fast networks.” Kroes added, “Access to reliable and affordable higher broadband speeds of 30Mbps and 50 Mbps are essential for Europe’s economic development and for the next generation of digital products and services like Connected Television, eHealth, Cloud Computing and Connected Cars.”
  • Some 8,000 utility professionals gathered in Amsterdam this week (Oct. 15 – 17, 2013) for European Utility Week. Among some of the highlights were Alliander’s launch of its Mobility Services venture to promote the uptake of electric vehicles; a discussion of grid modernization by Ambient Corporation; and the launch of a smart-meter solution for multi-dwelling buildings by Siemens in partnership with Green Energy Options.
  • The Times of Malta recently (Oct. 10, 2013) reported that Smart City Malta will host a followup training program for business startups from Oct. 12 through Nov. 16. The program is one of 21 being held around the world to provide “action-oriented entrepreneurial education.”
  • Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov recently (Oct. 1, 2013) broke ground on Kazan Smart City, the “first example of holistic “

Shirley Siluk